The evolution of the contemporary family and its consequences for public policy
Intense discussions were held, within French society, on the occasion of the adoption of the law opening up marriage to same-sex couples. Despite opinion polls and many demonstrations in favour of this development, there was a strong mobilization against this opening up. It is in this context that a citizen petition relative to the “bill opening up marriage to same-sex couples and all this entails” was brought before the Economic, Social and Environmental Council on 5 February 2013. This petition was inadmissible under Article 69 of the Constitution and Article 2 of the order of December 29 1958 establishing the framework law relative to the ESEC, according to which only the Prime Minister can bring a bill before our assembly. The Bureau of the Council however recognised “the contemporary evolution of the family and its consequences in terms of public policy”.